Susan Olasky

Susan is a book reviewer, story coach, feature writer and editor for WORLD. She has authored eight historical novels for children and teaches twice a year at World Journalism Institute. Susan resides with her husband, Marvin, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @susanolasky.

Colorful creatures

Children’s Books | Four picture books about animals
by Susan Olasky
Posted 10/08/20, 04:01 pm

Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Storyby Maria Gianferrari: In this nonfiction book about great horned owls, Gianferrari limits herself to the haiku form. She covers a season in the owl life cycle: from nest renovation (owls don’t make their own nests, they steal from others), through egg-laying and hatching, to fledging and independence.

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Against the odds

Books | Four books about resisting injustice
by Susan Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 01:34 pm

The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown by Julia Flynn Siler: Prostitution was legal and rampant in San Francisco in the 19th century. Criminals bought Chinese girls from their impoverished parents, smuggled them into the country, and turned them into prostitutes and house slaves. Corrupt police and politicians allowed the practice to flourish.

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Stories of the past

Children’s Books | Four historical picture books
by Susan Olasky
Posted 8/13/20, 01:12 pm

Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford: Poet Weatherford tells in a series of poems the true Job-like story of Henry Brown, a slave who shipped himself in a wooden box to freedom.

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